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The Sharad Navratri is marked by nine days of fasting and following culinary traditions that make use of unique ingredients like buckwheat flour (kuttu), water chestnut flour (singhare ka atta), rock salt or sendha namak, samak ke chawal, and more. While Navratri conjures up images of Satvik fare, there is range and variety in the fasting offerings from restaurants. Keeping in mind the strict stipulations of Navratri diet, dining establishments are introducing an exciting melange of flavours that will also detoxify and cleanse your body.
Price: Rs. 1250 plus taxes per person
Curated by master chef Elangovan, the Navratri dishes at Vivanta by Taj, Dwarka are available at the all-day dining restaurant Creo and the speciality restaurant Indus Express. Nibble your way through delicacies like Ajwaini Paneer Kofta Curry, Seetafal ki Sabzi, Sabudana Papad, Dahi Wali Lauki, Dabi Arbi ki Tikki, Kuttu ki Poori and Anaar ka Raita. Cap off your meal with desserts like Coconut Ladoo and Badaami Sabudana Kheer.
Price: Rs. 1700 plus taxes for two people
Chor Bizarre, Bikaner House is drawing in the fasting crowd with its one-of-a-kind Chironji ki Dal, where legumes have been entirely replaced by chironji, the almond-flavoured seeds. Sharing space with it are Vrat ki Raj Kachori, Arbi ke Kebab, Anar Pudina Raita and Sitaphal ka Halwa. The more traditional fasting fare is not given a miss either. Menu entries like Kuttu ka Parantha, Khatta Meetha Kaddu and Aloo Tamatar ki Sabzi help widen the culinary catalogue.
Price: Rs. 1180 (including taxes) per person
Make your Navratri fasting a lip-smacking affair at AnnaMaya where a Marwari style Navratri Thali, curated by in-house vegetarian specialist Mahinder Maharaj, is up for grabs. The diner is spoilt for choice as a cornucopia of dishes (read shahi paneer, batata Chivda, Kaju Curry, Samak ke Chawal, Dahi Vada (made from kuttu ka aata), Aaloo Ka Papad, Kaju Katli, Badaam Ka Halwa, and much more) are being laid out to be savoured. However, the final flourish comes by way of a blueberry yoghurt cake, that’s curated by Chef Gordon and is a Navratri offering with a European twist). The cake is separately priced at Rs. 320 plus taxes per piece.
Price: Rs. 450 plus taxes per person
Hotfoot it to SodaBottleOpenerWala for a three-course vrat ka khana, where you can choose one starter, main course and dessert from a medley of specials in the limited edition menu. What’s more, all of these dishes can also be ordered a la carte.
The vegetarian Navratra menu is designed to pamper the taste buds and features Sabudana Papad, Kera Na Cutlets (raw banana cutlets), Gwarfali Cutlets, Khattu Meethu Kaddu, Aloo Sabzi, Kuttu Atta Puri and Vrat Ke Chawal. The meal can be rounded off with delectable Sabudana ki Kheer or vrat ka Falooda.
Price: Rs. 350 (approx) per person
The restaurant that is inspired by food items found in pushcarts and hawker stalls has a special menu, featuring chaats, for Navratri. Take your pick from assorted varieties like Jhatka Masala Samosa, Fry Aloo Chaat, Palak Patta Chaat, Channa Chaat and more. Other fasting fares at the restaurant include Paneer and Mirch ka Salan, Mixed Vegetable Salan, Palak ke Kofta Curry and Vegetable Kofta Curry.
Susmita Saha is a Delhi-based Features Writer. She has worked as an Assistant Editor at India Today and The Telegraph and writes on arts and culture, films, travel, food, architecture, design and various other lifestyle subjects. She has seriously itchy feet and plans to tick the world off her bucket list, one burger at a time.